SSE Plc (formerly Scottish & Southern Energy) is the British energy company powering people’s lives in the UK for nearly 70 years, and they needed to upgrade their specialist workwear to electric arc protection EN61482.


No products existed to meet this standard.


Helm worked with SSE safety managers and fibre and fabric manufacturers to produce a product that met this standard – the first of its kind. After extensive trials, the product range was agreed and submitted to the commercial department.


Staff were more comfortable and better protected

Goods were ordered on the CtrlCloud which gave greater clarity and traceability

Staff were given online training with customer-specific catalogues and face to face visits

Even though the new products cost 25% more than existing product in use, the Helm guarantee means that by using the higher quality product, although there would be an initial on cost, this would be recouped in years 2 and 3

A 22% saving of £1 million in year 1

A 26% saving of £1.6 million in year 2

A 42% saving of £1.9 million in year 3.